Caramel Apple Cyser – Wandering Bard Meadery

Our wine tonight is the Caramel Apple Cyser from Wandering Bard Meadery in Greenville, South Carolina.

A Cyser is a combination mead and cider.

Honey and Apple Juice fermented together.

Color of light gold.

Nose of honey and caramel.

Semi-Sweet.

On the tongue the sweetness of the locally sourced wildflower honey is balanced by the lingering tartness of biting into a fresh county fair caramel apple!

The bottle notes carmalized South Carolina sourced wildflower honey blended with Carolina apple cider with added spices for extra flavor.

Recommended serving temperature @ 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

8% ABV.

Delight (Apple Riesling) – Elevation 966

Our wine tonight is Delight (Apple Riesling) from Elevation 966 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Today we are celebrating the opening of Greenville’s first urban winery. Elevation 966 Winery has officially been open just six weeks, but owners Donnie and Penny are long time lovers of wine. We enjoyed a great visit today to learn about Elevation 966 Winery and brought this bottle home to enjoy.

Delight is a green apple Riesling.

The nose is of sliced green apple, a little pear, banana, and caramel notes as well.

Color of light straw.

Semi-sweet, bright, and crisp.

Flavor of biting into a early season fresh orchard picked green apple, lingering notes of sucking on a green apple Jolly Rancher. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, with a pleasant tartness.

10% ABV.

$16.95 a bottle. Elevation 966 produces several whites and red, from dry to sweet, all in small batches. Donnie, the winemaker, explained they are using only high quality winemaking equipment and ingredients, yet he also enjoys experimenting with different yeast and formulas.

As the weather warms, they expect to have live music and will stay open later hours. A new eatery, White Duck Taco, is soon to open next door offering the ability to enjoy dinner with a bottle of Elevation 966 wine. There is a large patio with plenty of room to enjoy sitting outside.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit today and recommend you give Elevation 966 Winery a try for some sensational small batch #SCWine.

Cheers!

White Merlot – Victoria Valley Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the newly released White Merlot from Victoria Valley Vineyards in the South Carolina mountains.

Vintage 2019

White Merlot is essentially a rosè, produced by allowing minimal skin contact.

Light strawberry in color.

Nose of pink grapefruit, cranberry, orange, and honey.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of lemon curd, strawberries and cream, raspberries, kiwi, guava, and bananas foster.

12.25% ABV.

$15 a bottle.

Victoria Valley Vineyards is currently the only Winery in South Carolina producing estate grown vinifera wines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.

The winery serves lunch on the open air terrace overlooking the mountainside vineyard.

Wow Did We Have Some Wine Fun In 2019!

Reminiscing on 2019 evokes many fun memories. We rang in 2019 with our friends at the AC Marriott downtown Spartanburg. Awoke January 1st and headed for North Georgia where we enjoyed a traditional New Year’s Day meal at the Dillard House restaurant.

While visiting North Georgia most imperative is a visit to the wineries of the Dahlonega Plateau AVA. Dahlonega Plateau is the first a AVA contained entirely within the Georgia state line boundaries. Our favorites are Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery and Kaya Vineyards. January we launched quickly into visiting many of our favorites. We popped in to see Charles and Ann at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard in Shelby and roasted some hot dogs over the open fire pit. 2019 was a year for wine adventures, many with our partners in wine, Will and Pam. One such adventure found us devouring a 27″ pizza in Locust, North Carolina. February found us staying in a lodge at Roaring River Vineyards where we enjoyed a dinner theater performance. March brought our annual anniversary adventure. We enjoyed our first visit to Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville, South Carolina. We then drove up to Elizabethtown, North Carolina where we were fortunate to stay four nights in a cabin at Lu-Mil Vineyards. That trip further took up into Northern Virginia where we had the pleasure to meet Mike Barefoot, one of the creators of the VinoWine App.

It was In April we jumped at the opportunity to visit Surry Community College to tour the winery’s day vineyard and learn about their Viticulture and Enology programs. April also took us to Talladega to watch the big boys race! May brought our first visit to the newly opened Kefi Vineyard in Monroe, North Carolina. It was May we hosted the second annual Palmetto Wine Competition.

June afforded us the opportunity to tour and learn from Josh Jones at Cityscape Winery in Pelzer, South Carolina. It was July we were fortunate to watch our youngest son graduate from Marine Corp Recruit Station Parris Island! August we enjoyed the last of the Summer’s incredibly beautiful sunset party at Parker-Binns Vineyard. September brought our Labor Day trip to New York City where of course we had to visit City Vineyard at Pier 27! September we also enjoyed a fun wine and cheese pairing at Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Continuing in September was dinner with the winemaker at Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Tryon Foothills. October brought a return visit to Divine Llama Vineyards where Jenni and Pam loved on some Llamas! There was a BBQ dinner at a Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard. We closed out October with our maiden glamping trip in our new thirty-two foot camper! November took us to the Monthly Open House (First Saturday Of Each Month) at Wandering Bard Meadery in Easley, South Carolina. November also took us to Charleston, where we were thrill to find Charleston Winery pouring tastings of South Carolina locally produced wines. We closed out November with a Murder Mystery dinner theater at Parker-Binns Vineyard. 1920’s gangster themed of course! Closing out 2019 in December with the ugly Christmas attire party. The cooler weather is perfect for wine around the fire pit! December is the month for viewing Christmas lights, we visited our favorite spots, the Christmas House in Inman, South Carolina and downtown Forest City, North Carolina. Made our traditional Turner Family Christmas egg nog! Of course we couldn’t close out the year without one final Winery Escapade with our partners-in-wine Will & Pam! What a fun year as the above is only a small sampling of the fun we enjoyed! We met so many new friends, and caught up with some old friends. Jenni and I encourage you to get out and discover your local winery, meadery, cidery, brewhouse, and distillery,

We thank you for your continued support of our blogs WineryEscapades.Com and OurWineTonight.Com, the Palmetto Wine Competition and our new American Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Association Competition.

Happy New Year!

Cheers!

Your Friends In Wine, Dennis & Jenni

Plum – Lazy Bear Winery

Our wine tonight is the Plum from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.

Lazy Bear Winery producers REAL fruit wines and meads.

Yes, this plum is produced from 100% locally sourced plums.

Lazy Bears grows a majority of the fruit and honey used in their wines and meads, and further sources from local farmers as much as possible.

This plum exhibits color characteristics of a White Zin, perhaps a light plum.

The nose is not overly expressive yet subtle and pleasant.

Semi-sweet.

The taste is amazingly reminiscent of Christmas plum pudding, with hints of citrus and nutmeg. The finish one of lasting smooth decadence.

12% ABV.

This small craft producer has racked up an impressive array of awards. We strongly encourage you to check them out in the upstate of South Carolina.

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each week.

Rustic Red – Wellborn Winery

Our wine tonight is the Rustic Red from Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Produced of locally grown Chambourchin.

Non- vintage.

Light ruby in color.

Nose of fresh baked blueberry muffins, raspberries, passion fruit, dark cherries and the forest after a morning mist.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of tart raspberries, red currants, boysenberries, and a fresh hot cherry turnover, slight smokiness on the finish with a lingering tartness of a Christmas fruitcake.

12% ABV

This wine is racking up awards.

Gold medal winner in the 2019 Wine of the South Competition. Silver medal winner in the 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Oaked Black Cherry – Wandering Bard Meadery

Our wine tonight is the award winning Oaked Black Cherry from Wandering Bard Meadery In Mauldin, South Carolina.

Stunning light ruby in color.

Still. Semi-Sweet. Melomel type mead.

Aromas of smoke, oak, and juicy fruit gum.

Flavor notes of honey, black cherries, rum, Charcoal, fading to a finish of medium oak and vanilla.

Aged on toasted American oak.

12% ABV.

Silver Medal winner in the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.

This is an easy drinking mead bursting with flavor.

Blackberry – Lazy Bear Winery

Our wine tonight is the Award winning Blackberry Wine from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.

A real fruit wine.

Fermented of 100% locally grown blackberries.

Light purple in color.

Nose of blackberry jam.

Semi-sweet on the tongue.

Flavor notes of fresh blackberry tart, slightly grainy with a lingering earthy tone.

12% ABV.

Strawberry Wine – Enoree River Winery

Our wine tonight is the Strawberry Wine from Enoree River Winery in Newberry, South Carolina.

Fermented of 100% Strawberries.

Beautiful delicate rose color. Similar to red-orange blend.

Nose of strawberry shortcake and freshly picked strawberries.

Semi-sweet on the tongue.

Flavor burst of a strawberry starburst, notes reminiscent of strawberry lemonade, with lingering notes of a strawberry crème brûlée, and strawberry sorbet.

Excellent representation of a real fruit wine.

12% ABV.

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